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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Princess of the night


Many years ago, Leslie and I placed sections of hylocereus undatus, the epiphytic cactus that bears the pitahaya or dragon fruit, in the crooks of our pindo palm, butia capitata. Now it completely covers the entire trunk. The stout tree doesn't seem to mind a bit.

In August and September we are treated to magnificent, near continuous displays of its foot wide blossoms, like this picture that I share with you. By the way, if you have a butia palm, try the fruit, one of the most delicious tastes of my garden, that is why the tree is also called a jelly palm. High in carotene and vitamin A.

2 comments:

Jerry Hall said...

Lovely. What a great planting combination!

Kent said...

Beautiful, thanks for sharing.